Eigsti Group featuring Becca Stevens
Becca Stevens, vocals; Taylor Eigsti, piano; Harish
Raghavan, bass; Eric Harland, drums
Saturday, August 7, 8 PM | Dinkelspiel Auditorium
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Tickets: $36 general | $22 students | TAKE 5!
For New York-based pianist Taylor Eigsti, the Stanford Jazz
Workshop is an annual homecoming (he grew up in nearby Menlo Park,
and has taught at the Workshop for a decade) and a chance to present
his latest musical offerings to some of his longest-standing
and most devoted fans. Taylor's career gathers momentum with
each passing year as he performs internationally with his own groups
and a who's-who of renowned jazz artists. All About Jazz praised his 2008 recording Let It Come to You as "a monster
of an album," and All Music Guide raves, "Eigsti just keeps
getting more compelling and interesting." With his strongly
rhythmic playing and endless melodic inventiveness, it's easy
to see why Taylor is in such high demand.
Taylor's new release Daylight at Midnight (Concord Jazz) explores
a set of tunes that, while not exactly jazz standards, will no doubt
be familiar to some members of the Stanford Jazz audience. Songs
by contemporary artists like Elliot Smith, Coldplay, and Nick Drake
provide the starting point for Taylor's improvisational excursions,
just as the compositions of Cole Porter and George Gershwin have
for generations of jazz musicians. Taylor and his band, featuring
vocalist Becca Stevens, inject new life, subtlety, and emotional
depth into these modern songs. Some of the melodies come from the
world of pop, but these young musicians' spontaneity and creativity
will convince even die-hard traditionalists that jazz in the
21st Century is thriving.
Taylor Eigsti – "Deluge"
Taylor Eigsti – "Less Free Will "
Eigsti at the Jazz Standard
Taylor Eigsti's Free Agency with Julian Lage
Supported in part by Joan Talbert & David Lyon, Robert & Sharon Yoerg